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views. i think it's a problem. it is technologically possible, but the united states, for example, also invests on unabash edly in technology if a government turns off the internet, turn off global networks redecent bandwidth can be brought in. it's a losing game to try to shut off peoples' access to information. to wall off peoples' access to the digital environment. it blew up in mubarak's taste. the fact that he shut them off helped contributed to the panic and history ya in egypt. glig on that note of extra bandwidth can be brought us how has the borderless internet effected old fashioned question of state sovereignty, the board of governor invest in a lot of firewall technology used in china and iran and elsewhere? >> guest: the internet is disruptive in a variety of different ways. part of the way it is disruptive it can challenge the traditional notion of state sovereignty. bytes and bytes don't care where the physical border a pact is. we can see this, right now, for example in relation around internet governments. there a lot of governments that fear the loss of control that co
to think about syria. no member of the united states government will ever be able to get a fair shake on syrian media, and we have a terrific ambassador to syria named robert ford. what he began doing was his way of communicating with the syrian public since he was being blacked out of traditional media in syria was to publish on facebook. a lot of what he shared both with the syrian people as well as with the out like the the outside world came from postings he made on facebook -- as well as with the outside world. demonstrating atrocities by the assad regime. with the state department actually published that content was over facebook. >> alec ross, in a recent article for cnn, you wrote that the 21st century is a terrible time to be a control freak. and it is. we live in a time where the kind of control that a ceo or secretary of state might have had 15, 20, 25 years ago -- the kind of control that that leader had then is gone, and it is not coming back. it used to be the case that most people got their news from the one newspaper that they read in the morning and the one tv news br
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